2018 TOYOTA CAMRY XLE

OVERVIEW

The Camry is the archetypal midsize family sedan. Though it has grown larger over many generations, the latest, redesigned 2018 model checks in at roughly the same exterior dimensions as its predecessor. The 2018 Camry’s styling is a big departure from the norm, however,

you can sense the difference from 10 paces away. The uninspiring styling we’ve come to expect on the Toyota Camry has been replaced with a lower and sleeker look. But sleeker doesn’t mean reduced headroom and reduced visibility because the seats, hood and side glass have dropped a similar amount. In fact, we figure that interior space has been enhanced.

Much of the credit goes to the stiffer platform and its double-wishbone rear suspension, the key element that makes this Camry different from any produced in the last 30-plus years. Past Camrys relied on a rear strut suspension because of its low cost. But rear struts are bulky and compete for space with the back seat and trunk. The more sophisticated rear suspension was recently used on the Toyota Prius, and the positive effects on that car’s ride comfort, road noise, handling and even steering feel were substantial.

As before, there will be three powertrain choices, all of which are new. The all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine makes 203 horsepower, while the optional 3.5-liter V6 now cranks out a stout 301 hp. Both come paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission that further helps improve fuel economy.

INTERIOR

The Camry’s cabin won’t wow you with its opulence, but it nails the fundamentals across the board. It will satisfy a truly broad range of sizes and shapes. It’s appropriately spacious, easy to decipher its various knobs and buttons, and is a cinch to live with on a daily basis.

The Camry presents itself well, with no mysteries. Clear, large gauges and simple, well-labeled buttons make it intuitive for anyone to operate. Radio volume and tuning knobs are easy for the driver to reach but are a stretch for the passenger.

STRENGTHS

The Camry has many strengths:

  • Outstanding predicted reliability rating
  • Perfect safety score
  • More standard safety features than most rivals
  • Straightforward cabin technology
  • Composed handling
  • Comfortable ride
  • Zippy, fuel-efficient base engine
  • Muscular available V6 engine

SAFETY

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Toyota Camry a Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest award. It received the highest rating of Good in all seven IIHS tests, and its front crash prevention was rated as Superior. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Camry a perfect five-star overall safety rating, as well as five stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover evaluations.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • pre-collision system with pedestrian detection
  • lane departure warning with steering assist
  • automatic high beams
  • adaptive cruise control

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • rear cross traffic braking
  • head-up display
  • full-speed adaptive cruise contro

Now I ask, why wont you want this work of art. with its price tag pegged at 15Million Naira.

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